Tough-Talking Oprah Competitor Judge Judy

By David Schoetz

May 18, 2010 6:26pm

Small in size, big in stature and sharp-tongued in her courtroom. Tonight, Cynthia McFadden hangs out with syndicated television judge Judy Sheindlin, an unlikely star of daytime television who seems to practice what she preaches on the bench. That includes accepting consequences, tough love and taking responsibility when you screw something up. Take this quote, for example: "I remember saying to my boys when they went away to college and to my grandson, who's graduating from college: 'If you get pulled over driving drunk, don't call me. Forget my name. I don't know who you're going to call. Sit in jail. Don't call me. Don't do the wrong thing.'" We check out her impressive Connecticut home and the set of the hit show and trace a personal history that includes 14 years on the bench as a family court judge in New York City. It was not until an appearance with Morley Shafer on "60 Minutes" in 1993 that television executives saw an opportunity in her distinctive style. Click HERE for the full ABCNews.com write-up. And embedded below is the clip, "Judge Judy: Order in the Court."

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